REL gets all biblical as he previews our visit to Sardis Road next Saturday.

Bridgend match re-arranged
Ebbw Vale and Bridgend will now meet on Wednesday, March 18th, kicking off at 7:30 pm, instead of Saturday, March 21st.

Ebbw Vale will travel to Llandovery on Saturday, April 11th to fulfil the fixture postponed because of snow in January. This is provisional, as Llandovery may still be in the Swalec Cup, with a round of ties scheduled for that date. 

Cardiff and Ebbw Vale have agreed to switch their game from Saturday 25th April (so-called 'Judgment Day’ when there are two regional matches at the Millennium Stadium) to Friday 24th April with a 7.30 pm kick off. 

Sad news
All at Ebbw Vale RFC were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of long time supporter and member Keith Mark recently. Keith's wife (Mary) and children (Jeff and Sally) are very much in our thoughts ahead of the funeral this Friday, 6th March. 

Ebbw team for visit to Pontypridd
Jason Strange has published his starting XV for Saturday’s top of the table clash at Pontypridd:

Dan Haymond Tom James, Nathan Preece, Adam Jones, Owen Williams; Dai Langdon, Rhys Downes; John Lavender, Rhys Francis, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (capt), Ashley Sweet; RhysClarke, Cameron Regan, Gareth Williams. Bench: Ross Jones, Joe Franchi, Gethin Robinson, Gareth Rusby-Davies, Lewis Young, Dai Jones, Iain Smerdon, Tom Watkins.

Ebbw supporters will be absolutely delighted to see Gareth Williams returning for his first start since breaking his leg at Llanharan in December, 2013. Jason Strange commented, “It’s great to have ‘Denver’ back in the mix. He’s worked so incredibly hard towards this and is really looking forward to being back where he likes it - right in the thick of the action!”

Jason said, “We learned a lot of lessons in the cup tie against Pontypridd, and it’s great to have the chance to meet them again so soon. These are the kind of games - high on intensity and skill - that we as players and coaches want, week in week out. Ponty, with their runs in the British and Irish Cup over recent seasons - have had plenty of experience of that higher level, and it’s something we aspire to.”

Several Ebbw players are out nursing injuries. Mathew Williams has a calf strain; Josh Jacas has an ankle injury and Ronny Kynes is still suffering from a broken thumb - though he will be back in contention for selection for the next match. Number 8s Spencer Gibson (hamstring) and Harri Keddie (away with Wales U20s) are also unavailable at present.

Second bus to Pontypridd
The Addicts will be running a second bus to the game against Pontypridd on Saturday, leaving club at 12.30pm. Phone 07855710294  or email to book your seats.#FeelTheSteel.

Match day car parking
Club Chairman, Jon Jones, had a meeting with Nick Smith MP recently. Nick commented that, in his joint meetings with police and community, the rugby club had received a 'dishonourable mention’ in relation to match day parking on Newchurch Road, and Kingfield - all on double yellow lines. This is causing issues for residents and concern that emergency vehicles would struggle on access to Kingfield.

Here is a plan showing car parks within easy walking distance of the ground; there is further parking on Coleg Gwent campus. Ebbw Vale RFC would urge all supporters to park considerately.

Chippy on WRU TV
WRU TV carries an excellent feature on Jason Strange, looking at the way he combines his work as a teacher at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, as National Skills Coach working with Wales U20s and as our Head Coach. It’s well worth five minutes of your time. Watch it here.

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